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Power and interest on Sumatra’s rainforest frontier: clientelist coalitions, illegal logging and conservation in the Alas valley

Power and interest on Sumatra’s rainforest frontier: clientelist coalitions, illegal logging and conservation in the Alas valley

This article examines the institutional matrix associated with logging and forest
pioneering in a district on Sumatra. It draws together theoretical approaches to develop a
framework for analysing the operation of competing forms of institutional power and
control. The article argues that the governance of local natural resources and the current
epidemic of ‘illegal logging’ can be understood in terms of the particular institutional or
socio-political structures found in remote forested areas.

Authors: McCarthy, J.F.

Topic: logging,illicit logging,forest management,institutions,customary law,government policy,anthropology

Geographic: Indonesia,Sumatra

Publication Year: 2002

Source: Journal of Southeast Asian Studies 33(1): 77-106


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